How to Protect Your Pets from Ticks and Lyme Disease

Texans are no strangers to Lyme disease as the Texas Lyme Disease Association receives up to 900 requests for treatment. But your pets are at risk, too, and not just from local wildlife, but from pets imported into the area. Here are several ways to help keep your pet safe. Keep your pet clean &…

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8 Handy Uses for Chalk

When you think of chalk, you probably think of math problems on elementary school black boards and sidewalk drawings on a warm summer day. Well, in addition to being a teacher’s helper and childhood favorite, chalk has a host of surprising uses all over the home. From helping out with home improvement tasks to stopping…

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How to Organize Your Home in 30 Days

  A new year is upon us and it’s time to start acting on your resolutions. And now for the good news:  if organizing your home is on the list, we can help make this seemingly daunting and time-consuming task a bit more manageable. Just tackle two of these simple to-dos a week and see…

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How to Plan for a Winter Power Outage

When strong winds, slippery roads, and high snow accumulations combine, the results can be treacherous. But by staying safe and warm, most people can ride out a winter storm with a minimum of distress. But what happens when a winter storm results in a temporary power outage? Whether it’s expected to last 2 hours or…

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6 Creative Uses for Your Crock Pot

It’s a staple in pretty much every kitchen, and great for whipping up some hot and spicy chili or a warm pot of stew. But what you may not realize is that the slow, even heating of your crock pot makes it ideal for several out-of-the-ordinary uses. So, pull out that slow cooker and have…

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Pet Care Tips for Winter

Winter can be a hazardous time for your cat or dog.  In fact, when you combine frigid outdoor temperatures and chemicals from ice-melting agents, a simple walk around the block can be challenging in the extreme. That’s why we encourage you to follow these seasonal safety precautions: Help prevent dry, itchy skin by keeping your…

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Prepare Your Home for Winter’s Arrival

There are so many ways to prepare your home for winter that they won’t all fit in a single blog.  We know because we published one on this very subject last fall, and nothing (except one crucial item) will be duplicated in this one. So taking it from the top, here’s what you can do…

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How to Prepare Your Car for an Emergency.

Being prepared for an emergency means being prepared anywhere. You know, like having what you need, when and where you need it.  And having an action plan in place so you’re not left scratching your head, wondering what to do next. So, from an unexpected storm, power outage, or car failure, or whatever bit of…

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How to Survive a Family Road Trip

We adults are pretty funny creatures, especially when preparing for a family road trip.  Funny how?  We spend so much time on planning our travel routes, making sure we’ve packed enough to survive Armageddon, and cancelling newspaper and mail delivery, that we tend to neglect our kids.  As if it’s enough to tell them to…

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Swimming Safety Tips for Kids & Adults

When the sun is shining, there’s no better way for the entire family to cool off and beat the heat than going for a swim together. But did you know that, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 10 people drown each day in the United State, with children 13 and younger…

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